The epic of my Xbox, continued

I haven’t played my Xbox since I got through Fable II, a couple of weeks ago. It’s just been sitting happily on my TV. I watched a DVD on it a couple of times.

Today I was talking to my wife, Alaina (not actually my wife… but we call each other that and Facebook says it’s true) about how she’d just started playing some games on her brother’s Xbox. I said that I’d bought one this summer, and described my various trials and tribulations. But, I said, “It’s okay. It freezes a lot still, but I just have to save a lot.”

We discussed playing together someday soon.

Tonight I had a date with Fae, and we decided that we would finally play Fable II together. The times we had tried before were when we discovered that I needed to send it back.

So I turn on my Xbox, register for another month of Xbox Live, stick in the CD and join Fae’s party. To my surprise, I can suddenly hear her talking to me! I start a new game.

I was singing the Fable song, delightfully off key.

“You’re starting new as a kid? Right?” Fae asks. I don’t respond. “Right? *silence* Heather…? *Hez has left your party*”

With a weird little pop, I was disconnected. Hmm. I restart.

As soon as Fae gets close to me in the game, I disconnect. Restart. Press the power button…

And the ring turns red and starts flashing. Red ring of death.

I panic. I’ve heard all about this. Not good! Turn off. Unplug. Replug. Try again.

And it boots fine. Phew.

I enter the game again. This time I’m greeted by lovely grey bars instead of graphics. Awesome.


And every time I’ve turned it on since then, it’s red ringed. I know it’s hot in here, our AC isn’t on. But come on.


I have attempted the Towel Trick, it didn’t work the first time, but I’ll try it again. Pray for me. I have the worst Xbox luck of all time.


  • By Jes, July 7, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    :S That’s so strange! Ours has done it once. ONCE. And my brother has played it constantly(ish) for the past two years. I say you call shenanigans on the whole operation!

  • By Faebala, July 7, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    GAH! And I didn’t even touch your orb, I just said hello to it!

  • By Sebastian, July 7, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    I think you’ve just been fobbed off with ‘restored’ machines that were obviously a bit crappy to begin with :(

    Hope the next one is better…

  • By Eleni, July 7, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    That’s terrible! I always feel bad when someone’s gaming plans are foiled. Hope you can work it out…

  • By Faebala, July 7, 2009 @ 11:53 am

    I’m still annoyed by this. WILL WE EVER BE ABLE TO PLAY FABLE 2 TOGETHER?!

    ooh Newsies just started playing on my itunes… *ADD*

  • By Court, July 7, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

    Have you seen this?

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